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Two women were arrested at a Wisconsin Ponderosa restaurant after being accused of allowing a toddler to smoke.


According to police, the boy's 26-year-old mother and 39-year-old aunt were eating at the restaurant last week when they held a cigarette up to the boy's mouth and attempted to light it.

The child had been saying "smoke, smoke" while the aunt was smoking in the restaurant, and she held her cigarette up to the child's face. When she took it away, he continued to ask for a cigarette and grabbed one from a pack on the table. When the child put the cigarette in his mouth, the aunt held up her lighter to light it. Hey, if the worst we do is pick up a kid from school ten minutes late, we're doing OK.

When confronted by a waitress, the boy's mother said the child did this all the time, adding: "He can even light his own cigarettes." The mother then asked the boy for a cigarette, which he pulled out of a pack and handed to his mother.

The Milwaukee County district attorney's office did not charge the women with child abuse because there was no proof that the child was harmed or injured as a result of the incident.

The women were instead issued a citation for providing tobacco to an underage person.

Do you think this is just punishment?

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24 comments so far | Post a comment now
Rebecca May 19, 2008, 3:30 PM

Some people really don’t deserve to have children. DISGUSTING.

Jon May 19, 2008, 3:35 PM

No proof of harming the child My rear…what about Surgeon General’s warning huh!?

Shay May 19, 2008, 5:14 PM

Definitely not. They should at least have been charged with negligence. How careless a parent do you have to be before the courts take action. It’s like the guy getting off after tying his step daughter (I think she was 9) to a chair and torturing her. If he got off for that, I guess they think these women are angels.

reneejohnson May 19, 2008, 6:20 PM

thats just sad. the mother and the aunt should be disciplined in some sort of way.just think if they let the 2 year old smoke cigarrettes in public what is the 2 year old allowed to do at home.they should both banned from having kids.

Likreesha May 20, 2008, 8:53 AM

That’s not a good enough punishment. If he’s allowed to smoke at 2 don’t they think the future, ofcourse it will continue.

Gene May 21, 2008, 8:25 AM

Obviously, child services should be called in asap, before there’s a 3 year old coke as well as nicotine addict.

Who knows what’s going on in the house of this brain-dead woman who shouldn’t be allowed to have a dog or cat, let alone a child?

jaysmama May 24, 2008, 11:34 AM

that’s disgusting…

Caitlin Boyer June 7, 2008, 1:27 AM

This is horrid!!! The justice system missed the BIG picture here by a mile!!!!

Grace June 12, 2008, 6:07 PM

WTF… That is one oof the saddest things I have ever heard!! That poor baby doesn’t even have a fighting chance..that mother deserves severe punishment..that is a horendous form of child abuse..

Owl_Feather June 16, 2008, 3:00 PM

charged with a citation for underage? omg thats crazy and stupid.

Smokey Pokey June 18, 2008, 2:26 AM

More power to them
All children should smoke
I know it’s been a great thing in my life from an early age.
Paranoia about cigarettes is going too far these days.

Jay February 22, 2009, 7:45 AM

What’s the big deal, you prudes? Everybody should smoke. Smoking does a body good.

Laura February 22, 2009, 7:49 AM


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Carla June 1, 2010, 5:36 AM

This is just wrong! They should take their kids away.

Gilmaria August 10, 2010, 8:56 AM

This is just ridiculous that this mother and aunt would do this to a 2 year old!! The child is innocent and doesn’t know any better! I think they def should get punished for it!! Citation is not enough for the two of them!!!! Sad

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